The title of this post?
Well the words just came to me in my head,
as I watched my daughter leave middle school and the 6th grade
for the last time this school year, walking toward my truck.
As I began to download the photos and think about this post
I came to realize that this is the title to
Nelson Mandela's autobiography.
I became sidetracked as I started reading some excerpts from the book
and immediately knew that what I was reading
was in fact, tied very closely with what I was thinking I'd write about.
I began reading quote after quote
from Long Walk to Freedom and found that
regardless of your nationality, you can't help being touched by
Nelson Mandela's quotes.
They convey belief and self-esteem.
Two qualities I believe my daughter displays, even at age 11.
"Education is the great engine of personal development....It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another."
"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find ways in which you yourself have altered."
"When you let your own light shine, you unconsciously give others permission to do the same."
"I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended."
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
"I have always believed that exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind."
"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities. "
I could sit here and explain every quote and how I think it pertains to Hannah,
but I am leaving that within my own head,
and for those of you that know her personally,
draw your own picture.
Everything Happens For A Reason
This came to me today on purpose.
Maybe it is so one day, during her long journey to greatness, when she stops for a moment
and reads this,
she'll understand why I'd been so hard on her,
but loved her so much through it all.